Name: Michelle Pugh aka "Smashgirl"
Profession: Mosaic Eco Artist & Jewelry Designer
A California born girl, Michelle was raised in Orange County and spent her summers surrounded by the art of Laguna Beach. It wasn't until her late 30's that she found her passion while taking a mosaic class taught by Laguna Beach artist Sherry Bullard.
Her passion for the environment and creating art from recycled materials was a perfect fit. Rescued items can be seen in many of her art pieces.
Her big launch into the art world took place after her divorce when RAW Artists Founder Heidi Luerra gave her the platform to jump into the pursuit of her dreams. She went on to be crowned a Founder's Favorite at the 2012 RAWards by Ms. Luerra. That led her to IndiExhibit and CEO Shannon "Shaz" Justice, founder and Big Cheese of one of the top Celebrity Gifting groups for Indies. Michelle now works as a Hollywood Rep for IndiExhibit.
Her jewelry has been seen on About A Boy, The Katie Couric Show, Home and Family, and on the Red Carpet. She presented Jay Leno with a custom recycled mosaic hubcap for his birthday which now hangs in Jay's Garage.
When she's not working in her studio you can find her running along the beach chasing sunsets.